Aloguinsan landfill ‘illegal’

THE landfill in Aloguinsan town, Cebu was told by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) 7 to stop its operation in 2018, yet it continues to accept trash from Cebu City.

EMB 7 Director William Cuñado said the landfill—reportedly owned by the son of former Aloguinsan Mayor Augustus Caesar Moreno—was issued a cease and desist order as its management lacked permits to operate.

San Rafael Landfill Corp., operated by Moreno’s son Rafael, has no environmental compliance certificate and discharge permit because it has no waste water facility, Cuñado said.

With the landfill’s looming shutdown, the officials of the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu could be facing trouble in disposing of waste in the coming days.

The private landfill in Barangay Binaliw, Cebu City has recently stopped its operations. Mandaue City’s Umapad dumpsite was closed by then mayor Gabriel Luis Quisumbing in 2017. Lapu-Lapu City has no landfill.

Still nonoperational is the private landfill in Barangay Polog, Consolacion.

However, the landfill dilemmahas served as an opportunity for Mandaue City general services head Marivic Cabigas to urge her fellow Mandauehanons to resort to backyard composting and recycling of trash.

These methods, she said, could lessen the volume of garbage in the city, parts of which are often littered with garbage, including plastic bottles, during downpours.

In Aloguinsan, resident Sonny Cirunay has petitioned the Court of Appeals to issue a temporary environmental protection order as a way to stop the landfill’s operations.

Aside from Cuñado, the respondents in the petition also include Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, the Cebu Provincial Board and Moreno.

The other respondents are San Rafael Landfill Corp., and the barangays officials of Punay, Tampaan and Angilan in Aloguinsan for issuing permits.

The EMB 7 has dispatched its team to check the status of the landfill; the inspectors will submit their findings to Cuñado within this week.

For Cebu City, the private hauler of its garbage is Jomara Konstruct Corp., which has been dumping the wastes it collected in the Aloguinsan landfill, according to public services head Joel Biton.

Jomara also dumped the city’s trash in a private landfill operated by ARN Builders in Binaliw. However, Jomara stopped dumping in Binaliw landfill after ARN Builders agreed with the City last week to cancel the P65-million contract awarded to ARN Builders for solid waste disposal during the time of mayor Tomas Osmeña.

The private landfill in Polog was shut down and placed under rehabilitation last May following a landslide inside the facility that buried alive a garbage truck driver.

ARN Builders has stopped accepting garbage from the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu, heeding the request made by the Cebu City Government not to bring trash in from other local government units.

Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella said ARN Builders would invest in putting up a waste-to-energy facility in Binaliw.

Before the cancellation of its contract with the City, ARN Builders received flak from some Binaliw residents, who complained that the landfill emitted a foul smell.

Some residents in the villages of Pit-os, Bacayan and Talamban also complained about the whiff of stench coming from garbage trucks passing by their areas. (from HBL, PAC & ANV of SuperBalita CEBU/KAL)


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